Teapot

1713-1714 (made)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This teapot was used for making tea by infusing tea leaves in hot water, in much the same manner as today. The teapot form which evolved in Europe began as an imitation of the Chinese wine pot. Although the first silver teapots date from the late 17th century, by the time this teapot was made the object was a familiar one in many households. A wide choice of material, including cheaper ceramics and glass as well as inexpensive metal products such as Sheffield plate and tinned copper, expanded the market for tea wares.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silver, with wooden handle and knop.
Brief Description
Teapot, silver with wooden handle and knop, London hallmarks for 1713-14, mark of Thomas Folkingham
Physical Description
Teapot, silver with wooden handle and knop, pear shaped, with curved and faceted spout, domed lid.
Dimensions
  • Height: 13.75cm
  • Length: 18.5cm
  • Width: 11.5cm
  • Weight: 395.4g
  • Across base diameter: 8.5cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • London hallmarks for 1713-14
  • Mark of Thomas Folkingham
  • Engraved on the base with the owner's initials: SCM
Credit line
Bequeathed by Alfred Thomas West
Object history
Bequest - Alfred Thomas West

Acquisition RF: Alfred Thomas West
Summary
This teapot was used for making tea by infusing tea leaves in hot water, in much the same manner as today. The teapot form which evolved in Europe began as an imitation of the Chinese wine pot. Although the first silver teapots date from the late 17th century, by the time this teapot was made the object was a familiar one in many households. A wide choice of material, including cheaper ceramics and glass as well as inexpensive metal products such as Sheffield plate and tinned copper, expanded the market for tea wares.
Collection
Accession Number
M.224-1930

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record createdSeptember 10, 2004
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